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Athabasca River Scenic Float Trip

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Join the fun on the Athabasca River for a unique perspective of Jasper National Park. The 16-kilometre, 2.5-hour round trip passes through many small sets of rapids and calm stretches, which allows your National Park licensed guide to point out the natural and human history of Jasper. This float trip is safe for the whole family, from toddlers and grandparents to swimmers and non-swimmers alike.

Rivers are rated on a scale of one to six. Class 1 is considered to be calm moving water while a class 6 would be equivalent to Niagara Falls. The section of the Athabasca River that this tour rafts on is rated a Class 2; meaning that there are some sections with rapids, which may get your backside wet.
  • Float 10 miles (16 kilometers) down the scenic Athabasca River
  • Life jackets and plastic ponchos are provided to keep you safe 
  • Option to buy trip photos taken by a professional photographer
  • Hear guide commentary about the history of Jasper and the Rockies
What to Expect
Set off for the Athabasca River from the train station in central Jasper or arrange for pick up from your hotel. An afternoon of relaxing on the river is in store as you and your family sit back and let your guide do the rowing. Learn about the human and natural history of Jasper National Park from your guide, and stay on the lookout for wildlife in their native habitat. Plastic ponchos are provided as some splashes are expected but for the most part, this is a very gentle ride that’s enjoyable for all but the very youngest babies. At the end of the trip, you have the option to buy pictures from the professional tour photographer as you return to your point of departure in Jasper.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Jasper Train Station
Hotel pickup available upon request for hotels within the town of Jasper, and the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Please make a note at checkout.
Departure Time
12:00 PM
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Local guide
  • Plastic rain poncho to protect you from splashes and potential rain showers
  • Professional photographer
  • Life jackets
  • Gratuities
  • Wetsuits (not necessary)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Recommended to wear casual clothing and footwear that you don't mind getting wet
  • Professional photographer will take a photo of your raft trip. You will have the opportunity to purchase the photo at the end of the trip
  • Restroom facilities available at the launch site
  • Rafts can accommodate up to 24 people
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Our group were one of the first tours of the 2014 season. The weather was perfect for a day (morning) on the river. Our guide, Toby, was awesome although the river was low and slow he kept us entertained with funny stories and information about...More

Date of experience: May 2014
1  Thank Jai1963
Reviewed 29 September 2013

We traveled on the Athabasca River (16 km) on a "class 2" raft trip. We have enough action to get exited but not real wet. Our guide did all of the work and told us about the history of the river and about the movie...More

Date of experience: September 2013
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

I went rafting for the first time whilst on a group holiday in Jasper. Our guide from the Jasper Rafting Tours was fantastic! He was enthusiastic and passionate, he made us feel very at ease, since there was few of us that hasn't been rafting...More

Date of experience: September 2013
Thank Abby78
Reviewed 12 September 2013

After a short bus journey we arrived at our raft 16km out of Jasper along the Athabasca River. Our raft guide was Mark,what a great guy he turned out to be. He had a superb balance between humour and insight. He chatted about the landscape,...More

Date of experience: September 2013
2  Thank WarrinerGeographer
Reviewed 12 September 2013

This experienced company offered us a fabulous 16km trip down the Athabasca River, viewing stunning scenery in amazing weather. VERY SPECIAL mention for and thanks to MARK our guide and raft pilot. His confidence, knowledge and sense of humour were just spot on. Jasper, this...More

Date of experience: September 2013
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Response from Beverly Hurley F | Reviewed this property |
The raft company had a bus that took our group from the hotel ..... to where we got in the raft ..... then the raft company met us at the end point - where we could order photos etc - then their bus took us back to the hotel!
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